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By Staff If there’s anything we learned from the pandemic, it’s that musicians are passionate. They continued to perform for us, albeit in a new realm: livestreaming. Now that the pandemic is calming, singers like Justin Bieber, Barenaked Ladies, AJR, Calum Scott and Bastille have returned to stages. Welcome to’s summer music guide. […]

By Annika Tomlin May is National Hamburger Month, with National Hamburger Day on May 28, and we’re here to celebrate indie chains throughout the Valley that deserve a visit — or two.   Tru Burger Co. As a family-owned and -operated gourmet burger restaurant, Tru Burger Co. serves healthy options, including 100% antibiotic and hormone-free […]

By Alison Bailin Batz Ready to try something new? Recently released, each of these varietals — aged anywhere from six months to 10 years — will help jump-start your taste buds this spring. Cheers!   ONX 2020 Indie Rosé While it used to be considered strictly a warm-weather sipper, in more […]

By Connor Dziawura With the number of tentpole film releases increasing, theaters have been gradually picking up traction as audiences flock back to their local cinemas. While there are surely plenty of exciting big-screen choices in theaters’ classic series (Harkins is bringing back titles like “The Big Lebowski,” “Dirty Dancing,” “10 […]

By Staff Restaurants and bars around the Scottsdale Airpark area are expecting an influx of tourists and locals ready to imbibe in the food and drink they have to offer. Check out these restaurants:   Blue Clover Distillery (@bluecloverdistillery) Downtown Scottsdale To celebrate this year’s WMPO event, spectators can enjoy […]

By Alison Bailin Batz For six weeks each year, Girl Scouts in Arizona participate in the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world: The Girl Scout Cookie Program. This year, the cookie season for the Girl Scouts–Arizona Cactus-Pine Council runs through February 27. As in years’ past, all the Girl Scout […]

By Annika Tomlin Here’s to new beginnings. Restaurants across the Valley are offering specials and events for New Year’s Eve. Here is a sampling of places that might tickle your fancy.   Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails Ring in the New Year with Dungeness crab bisque served with smoked trout roe […]

By Sarah Haber Straight No Chaser singer Jasper Smith predicts the group’s a cappella New Year’s Eve performance at the Mesa Arts Center will be extraordinary. “This is the last show in our tour, so we are going to pull out all of the stops,” Smith says. Founded at Indiana University, […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski From enjoying extraordinary meals to catching the sunrise from a hot air balloon, this selection of gift card packages showcases the best deals the Valley has to offer.   Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company was created to celebrate hand-crafted, artisanal beers that are inspired by […]

By Annika Tomlin Sure, Thanksgiving is great, with juicy turkey accompanied by mashed potatoes and Cool Whip smothered all over pumpkin pie. But then the dishes need to be done. Skip them this year and head to area restaurants and let the staff take over. All prices are per person, unless […]

By Jordan Houston The only thing better than enjoying mouth-watering food is indulging in a just-as-tasty atmosphere. With over 1 billion monthly users, it’s no secret that Instagram has taken over the social media industry. The platform has curated a particular niche design trend, characterized by bright “Instagram walls,” patterned restaurant […]

By Alison Bailin Batz Paso Robles is a winemaking region on the rise. Located along California’s Coast, Paso Robles winemaking dates back to the 1980s, but it was the well-received Saxum brand in 2010 followed by Wine Enthusiast naming it the Wine Region of the Year in 2013 that really brought […]

By Taylor O’Connor Sipping tea and eating finger sandwiches while donning pristine outfits wasn’t done just for looks. Although that may enhance someone’s experience, it was done to fill the day until a late dinner. Great Britain is the queen of high tea, but it grew into a worldwide phenomenon. We […]

By staff The pandemic restrictions are lifting, and now we’re ready to travel. We’ve compiled 10 fun weekend getaways that won’t break the bank or your PTO.   San Diego With pleasant weather year-round, beautiful beaches, and a thriving dining and art scene, San Diego is a premier Southern California […]

By Madeline Lewis After a year of canceled and postponed events, here is a chance to fill your calendar for the holiday. Fourth of July events return to the Valley with food, live entertainment, activities and fireworks. Visit one of these spectacular events and reconnect with the community.   Subaru Presents […]

By Kristine Cannon Bottom’s up! With pools filling up and cabanas booking up quickly, there’s no better time to make your reservations and plan poolside cocktails ahead of a visit to Scottsdale’s various resorts. And who better to get drink recommendations from than the resorts themselves?   The Saguaro Let’s start […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski With steady vaccine rollout and falling cases, Arizona’s long-shuttered museums, sports venues, art galleries, stores, restaurants and more may finally welcome the public back inside. Around Arizona, residents are returning to their favorite attractions as businesses plan safe openings. Many high-profile community and cultural hubs are already open […]

By Claire Spinner and Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The Valley boasts some of the most stylish cocktails this spring in nontraditional colors, brightening the bars around town. Owned by Scott and Melissa McIntire, The Lola ( at the Westgate Entertainment District even has a “cocktail lab,” where the staff makes all of their […]

By Alison Bailin Batz From its aromatic bouquet to its crisp finish, sauvignon blanc is a white wine well worth your time as the weather warms and sun shines bright. Here are some bottles guaranteed to put a “spring” in your step all season long:   Pedroncelli 2019 Dry Creek Valley […]

By Alison Bailin Batz North Scottsdale boasts so many delicious dining destinations, it makes deciding where to eat even harder. Here is a curated list of epicurean experiences based on what you might be craving at any given time.   The perfect steak The family-owned and -operated Modern Oysterbar Chophouse has […]

By Alison Bailin Batz Chances are that you’ve tried a cabernet sauvignon, pinot grigio or chardonnay in your day. You’ve perhaps even enjoyed a Champagne, merlot or pinot noir. Beyond the most common wine varietals on the market today, however, there are several dozen other options, with something that will please […]

By Alison Bailin Batz There are only a few more weeks to help local West Valley Girl Scouts meet their Girl Scout Cookie Season goals. Need a reason to splurge on a few extra boxes this year? Try pairing them with Arizona beers and wines. Thin Mints  Likely, these mint-flavored (and […]

By Alison Bailin Batz Though red, white and pink wines can be enjoyed anytime, there is something to be said for the pairing of big, bold varietals when there is a chill in the air. Here are some that please the palate while warming the body and soul.   L’Ecole No […]

By Claire Spinner Valentine’s Day in 2021 offers the chance to give couples a much-needed night of relaxation and romance after an exhausting 2020 that was marked by lockdowns and calamity. New restrictions will paint a more unorthodox picture of the holiday within bars and restaurants that are looking to bring […]

By Olivia Dow Restaurants and treat shops around the Valley are offering pink and red drinks of all varieties. From milkshakes to alcoholic beverages, these eateries will make your loved ones and tastebuds adore you for indulging in these drinks.   Aioli Gourmet Burgers The Shake from Tennessee ($6) From February […]

By Claire Spinner Although some may not be able to see their significant other in person, there are plenty of ways to share the love of Valentine’s Day. During a year as unique as this one, nothing says appreciation like a thoughtful, interesting gift. To spark some seasonal joy, here are […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski The Super Bowl isn’t just about football. It’s a good excuse to chow down. But it doesn’t have to be cheese trays or appetizers. Don’t punt—plan your meals with these eateries.   Black Angus Steakhouse The steakhouse’s new to-go packs include a generous spread of game-time eats complete […]

By Annika Tomlin January is National Soup month. Winters get chilly in Arizona, so we’re here to celebrate the month and share the best soups in the Valley. Ranging from spicy and savory to the comfort of homecooked soup, these restaurants have something for everyone.   Café Zupas The next-generation kitchens […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski and Rohit Lakshman The COVID-19 pandemic has had us all wishing for merrier times. Musicians are no different. A swarm of performers, ranging from Macklemore duet partner Mary Lambert to Canadian pop stars Glass Tiger, have released holiday albums. Here’s a roundup of some of the best Christmas albums new to 2020. […]

By Annika Tomlin Most people think of a meat and cheese plate as a last-minute buy at the grocery store for an upcoming party. However, charcuterie boards put together way more than just your average deli meat and cheese. Styled with fruit, flowers and other accompaniments to go along with the array of meat and […]

By Victoria Stibrik Every Thanksgiving it’s the same thing: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, a family dispute of some sort. It’s tradition. But this year can be different—and we’re not talking about family fights. Whether it’s Sanctuary’s “elevated” Thanksgiving or Chompie’s traditional goods, the holiday dinner can be anything you want and more.   Aoli Gourmet […]

By Jacqueline Robledo Not only is November filled with changing leaves and pumpkin spice everything, but it is also the month of National Happy Hour Day. Grab your foodie friends and drinking buddies and get ready to celebrate the best day of the year on Thursday, November 12! Here are some happy hour specials around […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski Restaurants from around the Valley are doing their best to remember veterans with deals on November 11. Military and veteran IDs are necessary for many of these discounts. Visit the restaurants’ websites for information on all Valley locations.   7-Eleven Active-duty service members, retired, veteran, guard, reservists and family members get a […]

By Olivia Dow Crowd cheering, blood pumping and entertaining thousands of singing fans. These are experiences that artists everywhere are missing after the COVID-19 pandemic has halted concerts around the globe. Artists are not the only people missing the rush of live music; fans are feeling the void as well. Now, artists are bringing concerts […]

By Adianna Bermudez It’s time to celebrate the holidays with light shows that bring glittering delight to all. There are multiple opportunities to visit light displays that feature music, 3D spectacles and snowfall.   World of Illumination The largest animated light show in the world will host “Rockin’ Christmas” in Glendale and “Arctic Adventure” in […]

By Sarah Nguyen Not even a pandemic can stop the joys of the holiday season. Moving into its fifth year, Scottsdazzle is back for another monthlong celebration from November 6 to December 21. The holiday extravaganza will feature beloved annual events as well as new additions that will become new favorites of attendees. Scottsdale’s director […]

By Alison Bailin Batz In “Sideways,” the iconic 2004 movie on all things wine, Paul Giamatti’s character, Miles, famously hates merlot. During the film, he goes so far as to say, “If anyone orders merlot, I’m leaving. I am not drinking any (expletive) merlot.” A few years after the film, Sonoma State University did a […]

By Victoria Stibrik Traveling to Europe may not be in the cards right now, but the good news is the cards say nothing about eating like a European. Here’s a list of restaurants where one can go to get that authentic European experience without straying too far from home or making a huge mess in […]

By Victoria Stibrik October is National Cookie Month. That’s right. One entire month—31 days—to celebrate the dearly beloved cookie. And what better way to do just that than by starting where all cookies begin? Cookie dough. So, here’s a list of places where you can indulge in the tasty treat. Don’t worry: You won’t find […]

By Adianna Bermudez Get ready to celebrate all things warm and cozy this fall. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, pumpkin patches and other Halloween events will operate differently than normal. Masks will be required and encouraged when social distancing is not possible. Guests who prefer to stay indoors can take part in virtual happenings.   Schnepf […]

By Annika Tomlin This social distancing period has left many of us looking for ways to entertain ourselves and celebrate even the littlest things—like baking our own bread or perhaps making some at-home craft cocktails. June 14 is National Bourbon Day, so let’s, well, make a day of it. To be legally considered bourbon, it […]

By Joseph J. Airdo If you were to look at the theatrical release calendar for May a mere two months ago, you would have found a feast of films that were primed to kickstart the summer movie season with a great big bang. Marvel superhero Black Widow was ready to break free from The Avengers […]

By Annika Tomlin Dining options are dwindling with increasing governmental restrictions on restaurant and fast-food establishments. Here is a partial list of places following the CDC guidelines in the Scottsdale Airpark area that are still open for drive-thru, takeout, curbside pickup or delivery.   Mastro’s Ocean Club 15045 N. Kierland Boulevard, Scottsdale, 480-443-8555,, noon to […]

By Laura Latzko During the Prohibition era of the 1920s and early ’30s, speakeasies allowed men and women to socialize and drink in secret in underground clubs, backrooms, basements and homes. These establishments often offered live music, such as jazz bands. Although drinking is now legal, speakeasies continue to have a certain mystique. This is […]

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski In these pandemic days, Easter brunch is taking on a different look. Families will no longer huddle around the buffet bar and chat in the lobby. But restaurants are offering guests the chance to take food home ready to be prepared or cooked already. Check out some of the options here.   […]

By Joseph J. Airdo As the world around us transforms into something that we previously only saw in movies like “Carriers” and “Contagion,” people are suddenly finding themselves stuck at home and in desperate need of something to do. Aside from dusting off some old board games, accomplishing every item on your spring cleaning checklist […]